White Sox surprised by Holaday, Tigers in ninth for 4-3 loss
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter April 29, 2014 10:42PM
Updated: April 29, 2014 11:32PM
Catcher Bryan Holaday’s surprise bunt single with two outs scored Austin Jackson from third with the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, and the visiting Detroit Tigers defeated the White Sox 4-3 Tuesday night.
Jackson reached third on right fielder Dayan Viciedo’s one-out three-base error. Viciedo attempted to make an over the shoulder catch of Jackson’s liner off Ronald Belisario, but could not hold on. After Belisaro struck out Nick Castellanos with the infield pulled in, Holaday dropped a perfect bunt in front of third baseman Marcus Semien. Belisario spun around and made an off-balance throw to first but Holaday beat it.
“Textbook — I mean it was good, it was a perfect bunt,’’ Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Just a smart play [under] wet conditions, it would have been tough to get him on a night that was dry let alone the way it was.’’
The Sox (14-14), who finish a two-game series against the Tigers Max Scherzer on Wednesday afternoon, scored three in the third against Justin Verlander on Adam Eaton’s RBI double to left that scored Marcus Semien, Gordon Beckham’s RBI single to right and Adam Dunn’s RBI double into the right-field corner.
Jose Quintana (4.00 ERA) struck out 10, one shy of his career high, and walked nobody over six innings. He gave up two runs in the sixth after retiring the first two batters as Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson all singled in succession, the latter two driving in the tying runs.
“He was doing pretty good, but you run into that part of the lineup, if you’re not perfect, that can happen,’’ Ventura said.
Martinez doubled in the Tigers’ first run in the fourth.
The Sox had good chances to regain the lead when Alejandro De Aza tripled off Verlander with one out in the seventh and Jose Abreu doubled with one out in the eighth. But Verlander stranded De Aza by striking out Semien and Eaton – who in frustration broke his bat over his knee – and Joba Chamberlain struck out Dayan Viciedo after falling behind 3-0 in the count and got Alexei Ramirez on a grounder to second to leave Abreu at second.
“That’s what great pitchers do,’’ Eaton said. “They bear down when they need to do it and he made the pitches that were necessary and heck, that’s why he’s such a great pitcher. He gets out of jams like that. Give him some credit there.’’
Verlander (2.48 ERA) went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. He struck out four.